Gordon Hayward Boston Celtics recovery speech rated No. 9 most emotional NBA moment

Pretty much every fan of the Boston Celtics remembers the moment early in the Celtics’ opening night tilt with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2017-18 season with crystal clarity.

This is of course not due to any on-court excellence or a massive victory, but the hard-to-watch freak accident that occurred about five minutes into the game. When veteran forward Gordon Hayward came down awkwardly on one leg, breaking it in a very ugly way, the course of the Celtics organization was forever changed.

In a recent video highlighting the 10 most emotional moments of recent NBA history put together by the folks behind the Hoopflix YouTube channel, the speech Hayward gave from his hospital bed made the cut at No. 9.

To see the segment for yourself or what other moments made it into the clip, take a look at the video embedded above.

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